FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. Do I need a dance partner?

No. You don't need a dance partner, just bring yourself along and we will do the rest. The idea is that everyone will be dancing with everyone else. It's a great way to meet everyone in the class and it also helps you progress as a dancer.

2. What shoes should I wear?

Shoes are very important when dancing. Ideally for ladies a comfortable shoe with a heel is advised if you don't have the proper dance shoes but it would be a great investment for you to purchase the proper dance shoes which support your feet/ankles properly and are padded inside for comfort. For men it is also advised to invest in proper dance shoes for the same reasons. Please avoid trainers, flip flops, wedge & shoes with grips as they can actually damage your ankles/knees whilst dancing.

 

3. What clothing should I wear?

There is no dress code for salsa dancing but it is advisable to wear comfortable clothes as during the lesson the room can become very warm. It is advisable not to wear dangling jewellery etc that can catch on your partners clothing/hair when dancing.

 

4. What level of class should I be in?

Everyone should start at the beginning as the basics are very important before you can move onto moves. At beginner level we teach you the names of the moves, the basic steps and your timing which are all vital at the start. You will progress as a better dancer when you start at the beginning. Some people try to skip the basics and want to go straight to the exiciting moves but without knowing the basics they will never truly master this without solid basics.

 

5. What if I have questions for my teacher?.

Every Teacher has their own style of teaching and chooses how much content to include and what to leave out. If you don't understand something then by all means ask for clarification. If you don't agree with or like a particular aspect then chose not to use it and work on the bits you can achieve and do like. DO NOT contradict your Teacher in class as it is counter productive and a waste of everyones time. If you have burning issues, then at the end of the lesson approach your Teacher for further clarification.

Also, if you are attending different classes where there are Teachers of different calibres, you may start to get mixed messages. Then you should direct your questions to the Teacher that has given you the information that you are unsure of.

6. How long will it take before I’m a good salsa dancer?

It will be different for every person as people progress at different rates. Some people are natural dancers and will progress quick whereas others will have to take a bit more time to learn. It also is down to the individual, how much practice you put into your dancing. A student could come to class once a week and not do any practice outside of that lesson whereas another student could practice every day from one lesson to the other lesson. That student will progress quicker.

It is also good to get out to as many social nights as possible as that will help you progress quicker too.

 

7. When can I move up a level and how will I know I’m ready?

Your dance Teacher will advise you when you are ready to move. Obviously you will need to have mastered and are competent in all the things listed in the syllabus.

 

 

 

DANCE ETIQUETTE

Smelling sweet

People coming straight from work to a salsa class should be aware that they may not smell as sweet as they did when they left for work in the morning. Please pay attention to this as it can cause offence to others. Take care of personal hygiene. It's always worth having some mints or mouth freshener, as salsa is a very up close and personal activity.

 

Accidents Happen

Accidents do happen on the floor. Always apologise if you tread on toes or bump into other dancers. It costs nothing to be polite, and it's always appreciated.

 

Refusing A Dance

If you choose to refuse a dance it is rude to then accept a dance from someone else. Just remember that this behaviour can be very hurtful and soul destroying and does nothing for the dancer's confidence.

 

Asking for a Dance

Remember, we were all beginners, so as you improve your skills don't forget where you started. Always help beginners by dancing with them.

Please be aware that you are not constantly hogging the same dancer/s ALL night. Give everyone a chance to get a dance with the good dancers - it's only polite and mannerly. DON'T demand dances but approach politely, hold your hand out and ask..'would you like to dance?'

 

Don’t Correct

When social dancing remember that's what it is 'SOCIAL DANCING"!!  People don't take too kindly to being corrected on the dance floor (this can actually knock a person's confidence). NO-ONE should take it upon themselves to correct another dancer.  Who says you're correct either!! REMEMBER, we are all there to have FUN!!

 

Behaviour

While salsa is there for fun and for everyone to get the opportunity to dance with each other, it does not give anyone licence to speak to or touch someone inappropriately. Remember, YOU might think it's ok to say or do what you like but your dance partner could well be offended and this is INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOUR!! We want everyone to enjoy ALL of their dances with everyone so please keep in check your chat up lines, remarks, etc.

 

Finally, keep smiling!!

• Smiling is infectious, fun, free and healthy. A smile can work wonders.

• Smiling brings people together. Babies as young as three weeks old recognise smilling as a bonding activity. Try it on your next dance partner.

 

 

AND ABOVE ALL HAVE FUN!!!